Educational qualification                                   

  • Graduation (B.Sc.- Botany & Chemistry)- 2001 D.A.V. (P.G.) College Azamgarh (Purvanchal Univ.)
  • Postgraduation (M.Sc. -Botany)- 2004 from the University of Lucknow, Lucknow
  • Ph.D: Botany (Awarded in 2011) from the University of Lucknow, Lucknow
  • Thesis title: Palaeofloristics of northeast India and its implications based on megaremains
Present position


            Cenozoic Palaeofloristic Lab

            Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany,

            53, University Road Lucknow- 226 007, India


            Mob.: +91 9792704022

            Lab.: +91 5222742933


Research interest

* Evolution of Indian monsoon.

* Climate change in the Himalaya during the Cenozoic.

* Palaeofloristics and Palaeophytogeography.

* Palaeoclimate and Palaecology.



* Prof. R.C. Misra Gold Medal (2015) from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, India.

* Diamond Jublee Medal (2014) from Birbal Sahni Insitute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow, India.

* Dr. B.S. Venkatachala Memorial Medal (2010) from Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobtoany, Lucknow, India.



01) Srivastava Gaurav, Trivedi Anjali, Mehrotra R.C., Paudayal, Khum N., Limaye Ruta B., Kumaran K.P.N., Yadav S.K. (2016) Monsoon 

      variability over the Peninsular India during Late Pleistocene: signatures of vegetation shift recorded in terrestrial archive from the        

      corridors of Western Ghats. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 443: 57-65

02) Yang J., Spicer R.A., Spicer T.E.V., Arens N.C., Frederic M.B.J., Su Tao, Kennedy E.M., Herman A.B., Steart D.C., Srivastava 

      GauravMehrotra R.C., Valdes P.J., Mehrotra N.C., Zhou Zhe-Kun and Lai Jiang-Shan (2015) Leaf form climate relationships on the 

      global stage: An ensemble of characters. Global Ecology and Biogeography 10: 1113-1125.

03) Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra R.C. (2015) Davidocarpon, a new name for DilcherocarponNovon 24: 212 (doi: 10.3417/2012055).

04) Tiwari R.P., Ralte V.Z., Zoramthara C., Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra R.C., Paul S., Dutta S. (2015) Fossil leaves in amber from the 

      Bhuban Formation, Mizoram, India. Himalayan Geology 36(1): 33-38.

05) Srivastava Gaurav, Gaur Rajan and R.C. Mehrotra (2015) Lagerstroemia L. from the middle Miocene Siwalik deposits, northern India: 

      implication for Cenozoic range shifts of the genus and the family Lythraceae. Journal of Earth System Science 124(1): 227-239.

06) Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra R.C. (2014) Phytogeographical implication of Bridelia Will. (Phyllanthaceae) fossil leaf from the late 

      Oligocene of India. PLoS ONE 9(10): e111140.

07) Srivastava Rashmi, Srivastava Gaurav, David L. Dilcher (2014) Coryphoid palm leaf fossils from the Maastrichtian–Danian of Central 

      India with remarks on phytogeography of the Coryphoideae (Arecaceae). PLoS ONE 9(11): E111738.

08) Srivastava Rashmi and Srivastava Gaurav (2014) Fossil fruit of Cocos L. (Arecaceae) from Maastrichtian-Danian sediments of central 

      India and its phytogeographical significance. Acta Palaeobotanica 54(1): 67-75.

09) Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra R.C., Shukla Anumeha, Tiwari R.P. (2014) Miocene vegetation and climate in extra peninsular India: 

      Megafossil evidences. Special publication of the Palaeontological Society of India 5: 273-281 (ISBN: 978-81-926033-2-2).


10) Mehrotra R.C., Shukla Anumeha, Srivastava Gaurav, Tiwari R.P. (2014) Miocene megaflora of peninsular India: present status and 

      future prospects. Special publication of the Palaeontological Society of India 5: 283-290 (ISBN: 978-81-926033-2-2).


11) Priyanka Monga, Srivastava Gaurav, Kumar Madhav, Mehrotra R.C. (2014) Further palynological investigation of coaliferous 

      sequences of Tura Formation of Nangwalbibra, East Garo Hills, Meghalaya: inferences on palaeovegetation and    

      palaeoclimate. Palaeobotanist 63: 79-85.

12) Srivastava Gaurav and Mehrotra R.C. (2013) Low latitude floral assemblage from the Late Oligocene sediments of Assam and its 

      palaeoclimatic and palaeogeographic significance. Chinese Science Bulletin  58(1): 156-161.

13) Mehrotra R.C., Tiwari R.P., Srivastava Gaurav, Shukla Anumeha (2013) Further contribution to the Neogene petrified wood forest of 

      Mizoram, India. Chinese Science Bulletin 58(1): 104-110.

14) Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra R.C. (2013) Further contribution to the low latitude leaf assemblage from the Late Oligocene sediments of 

      Assam and its phytogeographical significance. Journal of Earth System Science 122(5): 1341-1357.

15) Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra R.C. (2013) First fossil record of Alphonsea Hk. f. & T. (Annonaceae) from the Late Oligocene sediments 

      of Assam, India and comments on its phytogeography. PLoS ONE 8(1): e53174.

16) Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra R.C. (2013) Endemism due to climate change: evidence from Poeciloneuron Bedd. (Clusiaceae) leaf 

      fossil from Assam, India. Journal of Earth System Science 122(2): 283-288.

17) Tiwari R.P., Mehrotra R.C., Srivastava Gaurav, Shukla Anumeha (2012) The vegetation and climate of a Neogene petrified wood forest       oMizoram, India. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 61: 143-165.


18) Srivastava Gaurav, Spicer R.A., spicer T.E.V., Yang J., Kumar M., Mehrotra R.C., Mehrotra N.C. (2012) Megaflora and Palaeoclimate 

      of a late Oligocene Tropical Delta, Makum Coalfield, Assam: Evidence for the Early Development of the South Asian    

      Monsoon. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 342-343: 130-142.

19) Kumar M., Srivastava Gaurav, Spicer R.A., Spicer T.E.V., Mehrotra R.C., Mehrotra N.C. (2012) Sedimentology, palynostratigraphy 

      and palynofacies of the late Oligocene Makum Coalfield, Assam, India: A window on lowland tropical vegetation during the 

      most recent episode of significant global warmth. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 342-343: 143-162.

20) Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra R.C., Hugues Bauer (2012) Palm leaves from the Late Oligocene sediments of Makum Coalfield, Assam, 

      India. Journal of Earth System Science 121(3): 747-754.

21) Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra R.C. (2012) The oldest fossil of Semecarpus L.f. from the Makum Coalfield, Assam, India and comments 

      on its origin. Current Science 102(3): 398-400.

22) Srivastava Rashmi, Saxena R.K., Srivastava Gaurav (2012) Pterospermumocarpon, a new malvalean fruit genus from the Sindhudurg 

      Formation (Miocene) of Maharashtra, India and its phytogeographical significance. Journal of Earth System Science 121(1): 183-193.

23) Singh M. Chandra, Kushwaha R.A.S., Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra R.C. (2012) New plant remain from the Laisong Formation of 

      Manipur. Journal of the Geological Society of India 79: 287-294.

24) Mehrotra R.C., Tiwari R.P., Srivastava Gaurav (2012) Comments on some plant remains from the Early Miocene of Mizoram, 

      India. Memoir of the Geological Society of India, 77: 345-347 (ISBN: 978-81-907636-2-2).

25) Srivastava Gaurav, Tiwari R.P., Mehrotra R.C. (2012) CLAMP: A developing proxy for quantitative estimation of palaeoclimate in 

      India. Memoir of the Geological Society of India 77: 331-344 (ISBN: 978-81-907636-2-2).

26) Mehrotra R.C., Basumatary S.K., Bera, S.K., Srivastava Gaurav, Sarma G.C., Baruah C.K. (2011) First report of the plant fossils from 

      the Manas National Park, Assam, India. Palaeobotanist 60: 273-280.

27) Mehrotra R.C., Bera S.K., Basumatary S.K., Srivastava Gaurav. (2011) Study of fossil wood from the Middle-Late Miocene sediments         of Dhemaji and Lakhimpur Districts of Assam, India and its palaeoecological and palaeophytogeographical implications. Journal of 

      Earth System Science 120(4): 681-701.

 28) Srivastava Gaurav, Srivastava Rashmi, Mehrotra R.C. (2011) Ficus palaeoracemosa sp. nov.- a new fossil leaf from the Kasauli 

       Formation of Himachal Pradesh and its palaeoclimatic significance. Journal of Earth System Science 120(2): 1-11.

29) Spicer Robert A., Bera Subir, De Bera Sreelekha, Spicer Teresa E.V., Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra Rakesh, Mehrotra Naresh, Yang 

      Jian (2011) Why do foliar physiognomic climate estimates sometimes differ from those observed? Insights from taphonomic 

      information loss and a CLAMP case study from the Ganges Delta. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 302: 381-395.

30) Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra R.C. (2010) New legume fruits from the Oligocene sediments of  Assam. Journal of the Geological 

      Society of India 75: 820-828.

31) Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra R.C. (2010) Tertiary flora of northeast India vis-a-vis movement of the Indian Plate. Memoir of the 

      Geological Society of India 75: 123-130.

32) Srivastava Gaurav (2010) Forest destruction in Indian hot spots: A threat to environment. Earth Science India (January issue).

33) Spicer R.A., Valdes P.J., Spicer T.E.V., Craggs H.J., Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra R.C., Yang J. (2009) New developments in 

      CLAMP: Calibration using global gridded meteorological data. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 283: 91-98.

34) Srivastava Gaurav, Mehrotra R.C. & Tiwari R.P. (2009) A new fossil wood from the Tipam Group of North Hlimen, 

      Mizoram. Palaeobotanist 58: 29-32.

35) Srivastava Gaurav, Srivastava S.N. (2009) New records for the flora of Azamgarh District, U.P. Journal of Applied Bioscience 35(1): 


36) Srivastava Gaurav, Srivastava S.N. (2009) Invasive alien plant species of Azamgarh District, Uttar Pradesh. In: Souvenir of National 

      Conference on Invasive Alien Species a threat to native biodiversity. Uttar Pradesh Biodiversity Board, pp. 56-60.

 37) Agarwal Anil, Srivastava Gaurav (2008) Forest destruction in Eastern Himalayas. Current Science 94(1): 8.

38) Mehrotra R.C., Srivastava Gaurav, Bera S.K. (2007) Two new fossil woods from the Surma Group of Assam, India. In: Proceedings of 

      International Symposium on Palaeontology and Stratigraphy, Benxi, China. (Ed. Sun G.),pp. 67-70.


39) Srivastava S.N., Srivastava Gaurav (2006) Pedalium murex Linn. hitherto unrecorded medicinal plant from Uttar Pradesh,

      Geophytology 36(2): 125-126.

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